It all started in the brain of Matt Lofy, The Dadass himself, as he struggled to change his son’s diaper outside in the cold rain in October 2021. Shortly after that moment, a movement started.
In 2022, we partnered with great institutions like Pluie and North High Brewing to raise grassroots awareness in the city we love of the need for easier/better access to changing tables within area businesses. Despite leaving The Dadass overwhelmed, there was no more perfect time to start the dialogue and build advocacy for change for families in our region.
While legislation nationally is gaining momentum and making headway, we are thrilled that we have taken the next step in our #DadvocateForChange crusade, forging a partnership with the City of Columbus to reintroduce the Changing Station Accessibility Grant.
Late last year, we took the initiative to introduce ourselves to Columbus City Council. Coincidentally, Councilmembers Rob Dorans, Nick Bankston, Emmanuel Remy and Council President Shannon Hardin are all young dads too. Sparks flew immediately, and the excitement for reviving this important program took off.
Initially established in 2017, the Grant engaged the small business community to increase equal access to changing stations within the City. The Dadass Podcast recently had a fun conversation with the braintrust originally behind this initiative.
Here’s the details for this next carnation of the program:
Word got out fast, even before the application process was available to the public. The campaign and grant have since gotten additional exposure.
We are excited for the continued progress, discussion and awareness of this important need. More to come, but feel free to follow along and/or reach out to us on additional ways we can #DadvocateForChange.
-Steve Michalovich, Regular Contributor
CBUS Dads is a community of central Ohio area dads balancing an active lifestyle with being an involved parent. A Saturday for us may involve enjoying morning t-ball, lunch at a new local spot and an evening at a summer festival with our families. We may live downtown, in the suburbs or somewhere between, but our common thread is that we continue to experience the community we love - now as parents.